Bouygues Immobilier is a leading private property developer in France and Europe, with 1,908 employees at 31 December 2017 and sales of €2,712 million in 2017. With 39 branches in France and four outside France, Bouygues Immobilier has nearly 60 years' experience in developing residential, corporate and commercial projects in more than 250 towns and cities. Bouygues Immobilier has a strong commitment to innovation and sustainable development and therefore seeks to provide better quality of life over the long term for all its customers by making their experience of the buying process and the use they make of the living spaces and services created for them as pleasant as possible. Bouygues Immobilier is the first developer to be certified ISO 9001 in France, NF Habitat HQE, and Top Employer France 2017, and to win the 2016 prize for the best customer relations awarded by the French Customer Relations Association (AFRC).
Built on the historic site of a 19th century fort, the Fort d’Issy eco-neighbourhood spans 12 hectares (30 acres) and has 1,623 apartments, including 330 social housing units. Home to over 3,500 residents, it offers them 2,300 m² of shops and public amenities as well as 44,000 m² of green spaces planted with 300 fruit trees.
The neighbourhood, work on which was coordinated by Bouygues Immobilier in close cooperation with local development agency SEMADS, gives priority to residents’ comfort and well-being while ensuring high environmental quality. Architecture-Studio was responsible for the overall plan and designed some of the buildings.
A neighbourhood appreciated by its residents
Residents say they are happy with the quality of life at Fort d’Issy and 95% of respondents are proud to live there. 77% of residents with home automation say they use it and 67% consider that it makes their life easier. A vast majority (95%) say they are satisfied with the automated vacuum waste collection system.
Used by 68% of residents, the public amenities are appreciated by nearly everyone for their proximity and quality. They include two schools, a feng shui swimming pool, a cultural and digital resources centre, sports facilities, concierge services and many local shops.
As far as energy consumption is concerned, the system in place also keeps its promises: 70% of residents say they have made savings on their bills and 78% are happy with the thermal comfort of their home.
In terms of mobility, 57% of residents say they have changed their habits and use their car less because shops, services and public amenities are located nearby.
A positive environmental outcome
The geothermal system, which meets 78% of Fort d’Issy’s heating and cooling needs, saves the emission of nearly 2,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.
As Fort d’Issy is connected to IssyGrid®, the first district smart grid in France, residents will be able to get involved in a neighbourhood-level energy saving policy. The equipment installed in apartments provides hour-by-hour information on the average consumption of the buildings, without identifying individual consumption per household.
The Fort d’Issy eco-neighbourhood has a novel automated vacuum system for household waste. As well as optimising hygiene and safety, the system reduces the distances travelled by garbage trucks, which in turn results in less noise and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The eco-neighbourhood is also a testbed for smart mobility in Issy-les-Moulineaux, including shared parking spaces, a smartphone app providing real-time information on bus movements, and self-service electric vehicles.
Inspired by the pentagonal structure of the former military fort, the ground plan of the new sustainable and connected neighbourhood is organised around five complexes: the Belvédère, the Villas, the Bastions, the esplanade and the orchard.
Linking a historical heritage site to the smart city of the future, Fort d’Issy has become a flagship neighbourhood for French know-how in sustainable urban development.
Fort d’Issy is constantly being improved. New initiatives should further increase the quality and efficiency of its services and its options for mobility (new solutions for parking and getting around) and energy efficiency (better integration of the neighbourhood into IssyGrid®).
André Santini, former minister, member of parliament for Hauts de Seine and mayor of Issy-les-Moulineaux:
“All the innovations designed to serve residents in their daily lives, as well as being good for the environment, help us to imagine the city of the future. The Fort d’Issy eco-neighbourhood is a pioneer of better living and reduced ecological impacts.”
René-Henri Arnaud, partner, Architecture-Studio :
“Within the former military fortress, this eco-neighbourhood gives priority to residents’ comfort and well-being, with low-energy buildings and services and shops which encourage a particularly virtuous pattern of community life.”
Nathalie Watine, Executive Vice-President, Residential Property France, Bouygues Immobilier:
“We see the satisfaction expressed by the residents of Fort d’Issy as a measure of our success. It endorses the idea of sustainable eco-neighbourhoods which, by combining well-being with environmental performance, meet the challenges of the city of the future.”
* The survey was designed to measure how residents, retailers and inhabitants of Issy-les-Moulineaux perceive the Fort d’Issy eco-neighbourhood and their satisfaction with it. It was carried out on a sample of 323 Fort d’Issy residents, 46 inhabitants of Issy-les-Moulineaux who do not live in the eco-neighbourhood and 9 retailers in the Fort. The computer-assisted personal interviews were conducted between 17 and 31 October 2015.